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  • How can Theresa May escape from the Fixed Term Parliaments Act? Creative commons image Icon mrdanielweir under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    How can Theresa May escape from the Fixed Term Parliaments Act?

    By Petra Schleiter

    Since 2011, legislation has locked the length of a parliamentary session at five years. In theory. Petra Schleiter...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    19 Apr 2017

  • How can Theresa May escape from the Fixed Term Parliaments Act?

    How can Theresa May escape from the Fixed Term Parliaments Act? Creative commons image Icon mrdanielweir under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2017
    Since 2011, legislation has locked the length of a parliamentary session at five years. In theory. Petra Schleiter explains the escape clause Theresa May...
  • Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it? Creative commons image Icon amish.patel under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license

    Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it?

    By Dr Gemma Briggs

    Using a hands free phone while driving is as dangerous as holding a phone - and yet they're marketed as a desirable...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Apr 2017

  • Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it?

    Hands-free phone tech is dangerous - so why do car firms still promote it? Creative commons image Icon amish.patel under Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    Using a hands free phone while driving is as dangerous as holding a phone - and yet they're marketed as a desirable extra. Dr Gemma Briggs wonders why.
  • An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers Creative commons image Icon Yurly Akopov under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license

    An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers

    By Daniel McCulloch, Dr Victoria Cooper

    You can judge a society by how it treats those most in needs. The last 200 years or so of criminalisation of the...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Apr 2017

  • An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers

    An uncomfortable truth: How Britain has criminalised rough sleepers Creative commons image Icon Yurly Akopov under Creative Commons BY-NC 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    You can judge a society by how it treats those most in needs. The last 200 years or so of criminalisation of the homeless doesn't reflect that well on the UK.
  • Has Donald Trump's strike on Syria rewritten international law? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Shealah Craighead

    Has Donald Trump's strike on Syria rewritten international law?

    By Jan Lemnitzer

    There doesn't seem to be a legal justification for the US strike on Syria, but nor has there been much negative...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    13 Apr 2017

  • Has Donald Trump's strike on Syria rewritten international law?

    Has Donald Trump's strike on Syria rewritten international law? Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Shealah Craighead
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Apr 2017
    There doesn't seem to be a legal justification for the US strike on Syria, but nor has there been much negative reaction. Has Trump's actions shifted the law?
  • Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University

    Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene

    By Olga Jurasz, Dr Edward Wastnidge, Dr Ann Hughes

    A neighbouring state is falling into war. You're the Prime Minister - can you use your political capital to legally...

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    15 mins

    Updated on:

    07 Apr 2017

  • Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene

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    Saving Setrus: To Intervene or not to Intervene Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University
    Duration 15 mins Updated 07 Apr 2017
    A neighbouring state is falling into war. You're the Prime Minister - can you use your political capital to legally intervene? Should you even try?
  • 60 Years after the Treaty of Rome: Lessons from history for today's EU Creative commons image Icon Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license

    60 Years after the Treaty of Rome: Lessons from history for today's EU

    By Dr Luc-André Brunet, Dr Eirini Karamouzi

    As EU leaders gather to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome against the backdrop of Brexit and...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    23 Mar 2017

  • 60 Years after the Treaty of Rome: Lessons from history for today's EU

    60 Years after the Treaty of Rome: Lessons from history for today's EU Creative commons image Icon Wikimedia Commons under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 23 Mar 2017
    As EU leaders gather to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome against the backdrop of Brexit and rising populism, what lessons can be drawn...
  • Pulling the trigger on Article 50 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0.

    Pulling the trigger on Article 50

    By Anne Wesemann

    What does triggering Article 50 mean? With it looming on the horizon, Anne Wesemann explains its role in the...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Mar 2017

  • Pulling the trigger on Article 50

    Pulling the trigger on Article 50 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Contains Parliamentary information licensed under the Open Parliament Licence v3.0.
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Mar 2017
    What does triggering Article 50 mean? With it looming on the horizon, Anne Wesemann explains its role in the proceedings.
  • How to withdraw from the European Union Creative commons image Icon threefishsleeping - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license

    How to withdraw from the European Union

    By Anne Wesemann

    Theresa May is triggering Article 50 next week. So what is Article 50 and what does triggering it actually mean? Anne...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    20 Mar 2017

  • How to withdraw from the European Union

    How to withdraw from the European Union Creative commons image Icon threefishsleeping - Flickr under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 20 Mar 2017
    Theresa May is triggering Article 50 next week. So what is Article 50 and what does triggering it actually mean? Anne Wesemann explains. 
  • Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees? Creative commons image Icon Freedom4E under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license

    Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees?

    By John R Campbell

    John R Campbell of SOAS explains why he believes Europe is abandoning those fleeing Isaias Afewerk's regime.

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2017

  • Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees?

    Is Europe letting down Eritrean refugees? Creative commons image Icon Freedom4E under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    John R Campbell of SOAS explains why he believes Europe is abandoning those fleeing Isaias Afewerk's regime.
  • What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum? Creative commons image Icon Ninian Reid under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum?

    By Nick McKerrell

    Yesterday [13th March] Nicola Sturgeon demanded a second vote on Scottish Independence. In order to get to the ballot...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    14 Mar 2017

  • What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum?

    What does the law say about a second Scottish independence referendum? Creative commons image Icon Ninian Reid under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 14 Mar 2017
    Yesterday [13th March] Nicola Sturgeon demanded a second vote on Scottish Independence. In order to get to the ballot box, the proposal would have to...

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    Bachelor of Laws with Honours (graduate entry)
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    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

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    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

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    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 25 May 2017
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    Bachelor of Laws (Honours) Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
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    This course examines the Foundations of Legal Knowledge in land law, and equity...

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    Advanced level Duration 300 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 21 Apr 2017
    This course examines the complexities of twenty-first century international law by...

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    This course examines the nature of corporate commitment to principles of corporate...

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    The Law Dissertation is the final element of the LLM and will support you in...